An EU for Sustainable Human Development?

On 22 November 2016, the European Commission released a package of documents as key steps for the EU to grab the new global framework of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. As they represent various expressions of the EU political strategy around sustainable development and development cooperation, this paper analyses them together in order to identify the overarching trends.

Human development is a key enabler for sustainable development and should be at the core of EU development cooperation. Gender equality, health and youth empowerment should notably be consistently prioritized in all policies and programmes if the EU wants to reach a truly transformative and systematic change for people and planet. In this context, investing in sexual and reproductive health and rights is an effective strategy to ensure sustainable development on the long-term. Therefore, this paper pays particular attention to the way in which the European Commission package
addresses these issues.